Making Faces

About the show

Find out more about the series and the busy hospital unit that it follows.

Making Faces

Making Faces is a brand new documentary series which looks at the work of the Maxillofacial Prosthetic Department at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Birmingham.

The programme will follow the work of the team there, as they help patients who require a facial prosthetic due to illness, accident or a birth defect.

The hospital's elite team of highly skilled surgeons and prosthetics experts are the busiest and best in the country. They are the only unit to work with military patients and the only unit to receive emergency trauma cases from all over Britain.

Shot over the course of five months, we follow the unit as they rebuild faces destroyed by disease and injury, and find out more about their amazing work.

Making Faces starts on Thursday 20th September at 9pm on Channel 5.

Comments (23)

  • Champagne Girl

    10 months ago

    Champagne Girl

    Steve W rocks!

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  • Chris Maryan

    over 1 year ago

    Chris Maryan

    Really proud seeing all our graduates and friends providing a great service, well done guys. Thanks to patients showing the challenges they have to face. Thanks to channel five for the series. Hopefully more people are aware of the these issues. There are patient support groups such as lets face it who provide support as well. There are units all over the country that can help see the Institute of maxillofacial prosthetists and technologists web site. We now start via dental technology degrees at Manchester Metropolitan University and Cardiff Metropolitan University, other courses leading to degrees around the country.

  • Sue Matthews

    over 1 year ago

    Sue Matthews

    PLease can we have more of this wonderful and inspiring series

  • Dave Priest

    over 1 year ago

    Dave Priest

    I have been moved to tears by the program, a mix of sadness and joy also very strange, how brave and to be able to laugh like the girl with no ears who was picked on at school and called "Fish face", I just hope that the people who used her as a human punchbag (Verbally) are discussted with themselves. And you can almost bet those people have not gained much intellegence since then, but look where she is now!! What brave people and what a great program. I will be trying to come up with an idea to break/Create a new World record involving my large Model Steam Locomotive and raise some funds to assist these amazing patients/ Staff to the very best of my ability.

  • s.crace

    over 1 year ago


    my husbandrecently lost his nose to cancer,the treatment was more horrific than the loss of his nose,as a precaution they also removed38 lymph nodes from his neck.this parrelised one side of his tounge,distorted his mouth and he has lost lots of movement in his shoulder.but for all this the program,and the hospital do not prepare you for the negative depression the patient has to deal with.we are not yet near the prosthetic stage as it is so recent,but at the moment it seems only a dream that time will ever come.for now it is 3 stone weight loss to put back.stop sleaping 22 hours a day,regain a head of hair.stop the constant heaving up.come off ensure drinks,have the first solid food for 10 weeks and more,so roll on the end we see on making faces !

  • Stef

    over 1 year ago


    hi, does anyone know where to find online forums and advice for people with some form of disfigurement? thx

  • Dave w.

    over 1 year ago

    Dave w.

    I've watched the 3 episodes so far, with great interest, as I used to work in the field, it will remain the most rewarding part of my career but also the most stressful and exciting. It's great to see the "backroom" boys(and girls) doing what they do, the skill and technical knowhow and the care and empathy for the patients. Good luck to the techs. and patients.

  • Kathy

    over 1 year ago


    My husband lost his nose to cancer. We draw strength from documentaries like Making Faces and continue to be in constant awe of the brilliant dedicated staff and brave patients. Great series - thank-you.

  • Helen

    over 1 year ago


    Incredible programme that has inspried me to do my A-level artwork based on the theme of prosthetics and disfirgurement. Fasinating and excellent work. I also noticed how calm and supportive the staff are on the programme, superb!


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  • rinat alony

    over 1 year ago

    rinat alony

    i am looking for a way to see it in israel!

  • angela

    over 1 year ago


    fantastic programme i just hope by the time it ends, it will give me the confidence i have lost over the years with what has happened to me. and things don't look great still. delighted to see this programme. thank you everyone who took part also. you are wonderful.

  • J O'Brien

    over 1 year ago

    J O'Brien

    I had cancer in my jaw bone and jaw recontruction with bone from my leg so I will also be interested to see how Andrew and others cope in tomorrows episode and the series with disfigurment as still struggle today with confidence issues

  • jack shettle

    over 1 year ago

    jack shettle

    what a wonderful programme and what courage shown by all who have had to suffer. I almost cried when I saw the lady with the new nose ., we dont know how lucky we are to be whole.

  • Tanya

    over 1 year ago


    I was approached to take part in this programme which I agreed to (since, found out not going to be featured after all) and I was filmed before,during and after surgey to move my top jaw forward as it was 14mm behind my lower jaw due to having a cleft palate and lip and I would just like to tell everyone what a positive experience I found it. Even though my story won't be seen on T.V , having Louise Pirie who did all the filming, with me all the way helped me get through the whole experience and I will always be thankful for that.

  • maggi

    over 1 year ago


    just watched the first episode of the series. amazing work! what struck me was that (it wasn't obvious) none of these people had been offered psychological help in adjusting to their new body sense.

  • Stewart

    over 1 year ago


    congratulations to the makers of this show. Great skills shown by the prosthetic team. Great dignity .... wonderful insparational people

  • Maggi Davis

    over 1 year ago

    Maggi Davis

    Wonderful to see the care given by the staff in the programme. I hope that the patients will grow in confidence. I admire them greatly.

  • Lynne Davis

    over 1 year ago

    Lynne Davis

    What an amazing programme...absolutely fascinating. I think Anna's new nose looked fantastic. I cannot begin to imagine how she must feel having lost her nose to cancer but if she can build her confidence up enough to wear her prosthetic nose, I really hope she can begin feeling like herself again. Good luck to her and her family. Frank is an inspirational boy; the way he has handled his horrific injury and the treatment he has received demonstrates maturity well beyond his years. I wish you all the best for the road ahead.

  • Susan Ball

    over 1 year ago

    Susan Ball

    Michele, beauty comes from within. I wish you all the best wishes that I can send. I'm sure you worry about your appearance more than other people would. just think about the people you love, and if their appearance worries you. I have found that people love me just as much as before I lost my hair. I imagine you think there is no comparisson, but believe me those people that are worth loving will not be affected by appearance. x

  • MicheleHilsden

    over 1 year ago


    i lost my nose due to cancer and am looking forward to seeing how others cope with the disfigurment